Here’s Why You Should Never Buy a Mini Cooper

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  • Published: 15 May 2019
  • Mini Cooper review. Here’s Why You Should Never Buy a Mini Cooper, DIY and car repair with auto mechanic Scotty Kilmer. Buying a Mini Cooper. Is the Mini Cooper worth it? Buying a new Mini Cooper. Buying a used Mini Cooper. Should I buy a Mini Cooper. Are Mini Coopers reliable? The truth about the Mini Cooper. Car advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 51 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   1 months back

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    • MrJasonfromcanada
      MrJasonfromcanada  1 months back

      You think that fan belt it bad?
      Try replacing a starter on a 1991 “TOYOTA “ Cressida.

    • Uptin Sinclaire
      Uptin Sinclaire  1 months back

      Minis are pure garbage. We replaced the engine and turbo in my sister's 2008 with less than 60,000 miles on it. Two years later the gear on the cam slipped since it doesn't have a woodruff key. The valves hit the pistons. Now it's a very expensive lawn ornament. The valves were starting to get carbon buildup on it because it's direct injected. She also spent $800 to service the transmission because it was starting to have problems and it didn't fix the issue. You can't get parts or repairs done at a BMW dealer, you have to go to a Mini Cooper dealer 3 hours away. It has the trifecta turbo, direct injection and a CVT. I refuse to buy a vehicle with any of those three things.

    • Dean Madden
      Dean Madden  1 months back

      Quick release wiring harness in the Mini for a reason? Food for thought!

    • Δημοσθενης Δοδος
      Δημοσθενης Δοδος  1 months back

      Scotty this engine is designed by Citroen/Peugeot and constructed by bmw who is notorious for poor quality .

    • Boi
      Boi  1 months back

      @Concerned Citizen clarkson hammond and may Will always be better. They are car gods

  • Lee Roy
    Lee Roy  2 days back

    I heard that in Germany, or maybe even Europe, modern cars have to be built with a certain percentage of recycled plastic which would explain why there's so much of that crap in them. Even the valve covers on those minis and BMW's are plastic

    • Ong Zi Cong
      Ong Zi Cong  5 days back

      Fk off old man u are useless why don't u go die

      • McLaren F1
        McLaren F1  5 days back

        What about the classic mini?

        • finley fogarty
          finley fogarty  5 days back

          I'm 10 and wanted this car when I turn 18 but should I still get it

          • Justin Floyd
            Justin Floyd  1 weeks back

            I actually drive a mini not this exact junk but I don’t think there that bad

            • thousandaire radio
              thousandaire radio  1 weeks back

              🤔I own a mini$$$$$

              • Aiden Campbell
                Aiden Campbell  1 weeks back

                As much as people hate on mustangs, I love it cause I can look straight through it and see the ground or vise versa. I RARELY have to take a lot apart to fix things.

                • t r
                  t r  1 weeks back

                  I have owned and run a cooper S mini for over 4 year an NEVER had any thing good wrong with it, and have put over 40000 miles on it so i would get my facs right before slaging non USA car and truck.

                  • James Worrall
                    James Worrall  2 weeks back

                    I had an R56 Cooper S from new - at 80k miles: Turbo bearings; fuel pump; ABS pump; water manifold/sensor housing (plastic); got through a lot of oil. Nightmare to work on. Never. Again.

                    • Tooquic
                      Tooquic  2 weeks back

                      this model's "R55" engine is a Peugeot Engine not BMW.

                      • Ozone The Great
                        Ozone The Great  2 weeks back

                        Terrible car to own, constantly will nickel and dime you.

                        • JETGEM
                          JETGEM  2 weeks back

                          Me: I wanna buy a Mini Co...
                          Scotty: God **** **** get a ****** Celica

                          • p G
                            p G  2 weeks back

                            We in england have nothing to do with mini anymore just like any main stream Cars. Aston Martin, jaguar land rover all foriegn owned. So watch it scotty!

                            • Blahblahblahblahblah
                              Blahblahblahblahblah  2 weeks back

                              Why is this car ranked number one for subcompact cars in US News?

                              • KingScorpion99
                                KingScorpion99  2 weeks back

                                You are retarded why is mini bad. Mini is really good.

                                • KingScorpion99
                                  KingScorpion99  2 weeks back

                                  And why you doing this when you have a mini. That's retarded not a mini

                              • Matt Bowles
                                Matt Bowles  3 weeks back

                                Really? Are you that guy Scotty? You kids get off my grass!!! (Pulls up pants to belly button) Minis are great cars. Ive had 5 Minis, easy to work on.

                                • waterford Martin
                                  waterford Martin  3 weeks back

                                  All I see is an old angry grandpa just becouse he is unable to fix little mini 🤣🤣🤣. Dear Grandpa..cars in these days are manufactured to be serviced in dealers workshops ..not at your backyard 😘

                                  • bbkangs
                                    bbkangs  3 weeks back

                                    Autozone was pissed when trying to replace the battery in my MINI

                                    • Michael Seth Cudd
                                      Michael Seth Cudd  3 weeks back

                                      We have two MINIs. One is a supercharged 2006 I bought new, and the other is a 2016 All4 Countryman S. We love them! They aren’t cheap to maintain, and my father hates them for the same reason Scotty does. I spent a day changing the fuel filter, because I had to remove the rear seat to get to it. 🤦🏻‍♂️

                                      My wife and I can’t stand Hondas and Toyotas, but after getting a lot of pressure from family and friends not to buy another MINI as a family car, we caved and bought a 4Runner. That was the responsible thing to do...right? We put around $7000 in repairs/maintenance on it, and then we went in and needed the suspension replaced. That was the last straw for us. We never really wanted a Toyota anyway. I’ll say this much...the engine was still under warranty, and we didn’t have issues with it. I realize this isn’t everyone’s experience, but when stuff goes wrong on Japanese cars, they’re expensive as well. I think people need to get what they want when it comes to cars, so we sold the 4Runner and got what we wanted...a Countryman.

                                      We don’t own MINIs, because they’re like Hondas. We buy MINIs, because they’re not like Hondas. The suspensions are rock solid as well. They’re a blast to drive! They’re super safe...not just because of crash testing stats, but because they handle like nothing else. I’ve avoided so many wrecks in these cars due to the handling. We probably will never own anything other than MINIs, and it doesn’t bother me if other people don’t get why. People have opinions, and some people take people’s car opinions personal. I don’t. I’m passionate about cars, and I watch Scotty because he’s passionate about cars. Not everyone will love MINIs like us. Funny story to end this...I was eating with a bunch of friends shortly after buying my 2006 MINI, and one of them saw my MINI in the parking and didn’t know it was mine. She said, “I don’t know who would buy one of those MINIs?! They’re so ugly! I can’t even stand to even look at them!” I laughed and said, “Oh, that’s actually mine.” ...then there was that awkward Office moment that we all hope never happens. 😂

                                      • Andy Laguna
                                        Andy Laguna  3 weeks back

                                        I have a 2006 R53 MINI Cooper S and honestly it runs fine, given how neglected it was by previous owners. With 180,000 miles, I can’t really complain that I have to replace bushings, motor mounts, and gaskets soon.

                                        • Cisco Chavez
                                          Cisco Chavez  4 weeks back

                                          Haha Mickey mouse things up if you understand

                                          • Barny and Honey My pets

                                            I wish I knew this before 😭😭😭

                                            • Arbaab Sheytaan
                                              Arbaab Sheytaan  4 weeks back

                                              this video should have been titled "Why you should only buy 199-something Toyotas"

                                              • yangchang
                                                yangchang  4 weeks back

                                                over engineered

                                                • yangchang
                                                  yangchang  4 weeks back

                                                  just saw Japanese ev company called fomm they design and ev car that is smaller than compact but can fit four people and car is water tight it can float in the water with electric motors on each wheel with a special design wheel it has some control in the water as long as there are no strong current. CEO is inspired by the big earthquake in Japan when tsunami hits a lot of people died in theirs car trying to escape from the water

                                                  • quique chavez
                                                    quique chavez  4 weeks back

                                                    I have a 2009 mini clubman s. Has a check engine light that just won't go away. I have taken it to cooper dealer. And have basically told me everything is going bad.

                                                    • Jules Redeye 13
                                                      Jules Redeye 13  4 weeks back

                                                      "Only the English"? Not good dude.

                                                      • MCK Rides
                                                        MCK Rides  4 weeks back

                                                        Well this one was fun.

                                                        • STEFANIA
                                                          STEFANIA  4 weeks back

                                                          So should I not have bought this Mini Cooper 5 door today?

                                                          • Mia DoubleZeroSeven
                                                            Mia DoubleZeroSeven  4 weeks back

                                                            “Unless you’re into disasters.......” 😩😂😂😭😭😭💀

                                                            • Foodie boi
                                                              Foodie boi  4 weeks back

                                                              Hey review the 5 door hatch

                                                              • Adam Furlani
                                                                Adam Furlani  4 weeks back

                                                                I have a mini that I do my own work on and I approve this message. 😂 Fun cars but a nightmare to work on. The older ones are better though.

                                                                • bigbifter
                                                                  bigbifter  4 weeks back

                                                                  I’m a mechanic in England and totally agree minis are just piles of junk infact most European cars are junk too

                                                                  • htconex19062012
                                                                    htconex19062012  4 weeks back

                                                                    It's gaaaaaaaaaay🤨😗

                                                                    • Thomas Watterson
                                                                      Thomas Watterson  4 weeks back

                                                                      SCOTTYT!! Please give me some help! I have a 2003 Honda Insight and when I start to accelerate my engine shudders other than that it drives amazing, the shudder is only in the initial acceleration please help me out!!!!

                                                                      • mercoid
                                                                        mercoid  4 weeks back

                                                                        I had an 04 Cooper S. Fun car for several years until it started bankrupting me. On one hand I was sad to see it go, on the other hand... it was the right decision to let it go. Now have a Fiesta ST. More power, as good but different handling..., but less visceral feel than the Mini.

                                                                        • Hi Im Victor
                                                                          Hi Im Victor  4 weeks back

                                                                          R53 mini ftw!

                                                                          • Pat Miller
                                                                            Pat Miller  4 weeks back

                                                                            can I drop a Yaris 1.5 L into one?

                                                                            • George Soliman
                                                                              George Soliman  4 weeks back

                                                                              How about tha garage behind you 🤫😱😆

                                                                              • MechShark
                                                                                MechShark  4 weeks back

                                                                                These truly are awful vehicles to own. Just about every single "basic" repair requires crazy hours and ridiculous part prices, AND in a lot of cases specialized tools.

                                                                                • crypttonite
                                                                                  crypttonite  1 months back

                                                                                  transmission is a problem

                                                                                  • russ v
                                                                                    russ v  1 months back

                                                                                    scotty: hey neighbor im going to come over and just rip on your car for youtube

                                                                                    • julio tamez
                                                                                      julio tamez  1 months back

                                                                                      My first Mini was a 2013 Countryman S that I myself put 100,000 thousand miles without a single problem. I did have the service plan so I didn't pay for a single service. I'm on my second Countryman S which is a 2017 model and have over 50,000 thousand miles (my job has me all over Houston) and have done a few services myself without any problems. Consumer Reports has the Mini Countryman (2013-2019) as a very reliable vehicle. Previous generation models not so much. Do your homework when purchasing a vehicle.

                                                                                      • Terence Jay
                                                                                        Terence Jay  1 months back

                                                                                        The 'New' Mini, isn't a Mini, it's a name-stealer. My first car, in 1971 was a proper 1960's Austin Mini, with an 850cc engine. An 'Italian Job' Mini. About half the size of the New Mini's too, which are getting even bigger. My second was a VW Beetle - entirely 6-volt, which meant it was a pain finding bulbs and electrical parts for it.

                                                                                        (It ended up on its roof in a field shortly after my GFs brother bought it.)

                                                                                        • Hydra Queen
                                                                                          Hydra Queen  1 months back

                                                                                          Got a 2010 R56 as my first car, loved it to bits. Like driving a go-kart that'll go 130+ mph. Excellent gpm of 30.5, with over 40 on the highway. Only issue I've had with it is sometimes the power steering acted up. Can't and won't make any complaints, you wanna talk about blown head gaskets talk about subbies. Thing had over 170k miles on it when I got it and still ran in superb condition. I respect Scotty and I've learned a lot about cars from him, but I'm going to have to agree to disagree with him, and that's alright

                                                                                          • Merlin Emryys
                                                                                            Merlin Emryys  1 months back

                                                                                            MGA(1955-62) and MGB(1963-80) had 2-6volt batteries, I had a rack welded up that held one 12 volt made on an MGA I had. The MGB had 2 battery wells which made it hard to do the same. The original Lucas batteries were crap. Also the original MGA, MGB were positive earth instead of negative earth.

                                                                                            • lincbond442
                                                                                              lincbond442  1 months back

                                                                                              Minis are crap. An AMC Pacer is a much better investment.